ROSAT-HRI detection of the Class I protostar YLW16A in the Ophiuchi dark cloud
Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, PO Box 1312, 85741 Garching bei München, Germany
Corresponding author: N. Grosso, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 2 March 2001
I analyze unpublished or partially published archival ROSAT data of the ρ Ophiuchi dark cloud. This set of seven overlapping ROSAT HRI pointings, composed of eight ~one-hour exposures, detects mainly the X-ray brightest T Tauri stars of this star-forming region. Only two HRI sources are new X-ray sources, and their optical counterparts are proposed as new Weak T Tauri star candidates. Meanwhile the ROSAT HRI caught during just one exposure a weak X-ray source (; for Gaussian statistics) among a group of three embedded young stellar objects including two Class I protostars. Previous ROSAT PSPC, ASCA GIS observations, and as I argue here one Einstein IPC observation, have already detected an X-ray source in this area, but this higher angular resolution data show clearly that X-rays are emitted by the Class I protostar YLW16A. This is the second Class I protostar detected by the ROSAT HRI in this dark cloud. The determination of the intrinsic X-ray luminosity of this event, erg s-1, critically depends on the source absorption estimate. Improvements will be obtained only by the direct determination of this parameter from fitting of Chandra and XMM-Newton spectra.
Key words: open clusters and association: ρ Oph / stars: pre-main sequence / X-rays: stars / infrared: stars
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